DeMarcus Cousins has never wanted to be a player who demands a trade and has no intention of doing so.

His first three seasons in Sacramento have been long on drama and short on wins. And with the Kings under new ownership and management, Cousins would like to be a part of that change.

"I'm loyal to my city," he said. "That's one thing I am. I'm loyal. That's the biggest thing. I'm not going to give up on it."

Following practice Monday at Team USA's minicamp at UNLV's Mendenhall Center, Cousins spoke in detail to reporters for the first time since Vivek Ranadive became the principal owner of the Kings, Pete D'Alessandro the general manager and Michael Malone the coach.

The silence, at agent Dan Fegan's behest, led some to believe Cousins wanted out of Sacramento, especially if he doesn't receive the maximum contract allowed under the collective bargaining agreement – five years at approximately $80 million.

There has been no trade demand or deadline given to the Kings to make a deal. The league-imposed deadline is Oct. 31, and Cousins' representatives would like a deal done without having to wait until next offseason.

Cousins didn't discuss his contract status, saying only he's focused on Team USA and making a better appearance than he did a year ago with the Select Team that practiced against the Olympic squad.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said his comments last year about Cousins being immature were blown out of proportion. So Cousins had no reservations about returning to try to earn a spot on the national team. Cousins also has no reservations saying he wants to play for the Kings next season and beyond.